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Two shot in Baltimore County Tuesday

Two men were shot Tuesday night — and two others were shot on Memorial Day — in separate incidents in Baltimore County, police said.

A man on a tractor was injured in a shooting Tuesday night in the 11500 block of Harford Rd. in Glen Arm, Baltimore County police said. He was taken to a hospital and reported to be in good condition.

In the other incident Tuesday, a person was shot at about 6 p.m. in the area of Wise Ave. and Lynch Rd. in Dundalk, police said. The victim was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive.

No further details were available in either of the shootings.

On Monday, a man was shot in the torso in an alley in Dundalk at about 6:40 p.m., police said. Officers were called to the 400 block of Maple Lane, about 3 miles from Tuesday's Lynch Road shooting, where he was found with a bullet wound, police said. He was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive.

In the second incident, a man was shot at 8:56 p.m. during a robbery behind a kindergarten facility in Lochearn....

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Howard County teen pleads guilty in father's murder

A teenage girl accused of conspiring to kill her father pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder — abandoning earlier plans to claim that her mental state absolved her of responsibility in the gruesome death of the prominent Howard County businessman.

Morgan Lane Arnold, 16, admitted in Howard County Circuit Court that she plotted with her boyfriend to kill Dennis Lane, 58, who was stabbed to death in his Ellicott City home in May 2013.

Arnold is being held at Howard County Detention Center and faces life in prison when she is sentenced in August.

"Certainly we will be asking for as little amount of jail time as the judge will consider," said Arnold's lawyer, Joe Murtha, as he stood outside the county courthouse with the teen's mother and family friends. "A 16-year-old who is profoundly mentally ill should not be warehoused for the rest of her life."

Arnold has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, depression, anxiety and attention-deficit disorder. Murtha had tried unsuccessfully...

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Fourth staffer leaving Rawlings-Blake's criminal justice team

The highest-ranking remaining member of the Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice has submitted her resignation, officials confirmed Tuesday.

Shannon Cosgrove, deputy director of the office, will be the fourth member of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's criminal justice team to leave in recent weeks.

Three others have left the office as Baltimore endures a rash of homicides and other violence following last month's rioting and unrest.

Attempts to reach Cosgrove for comment were unsuccessful Tuesday. A spokesman for Rawlings-Blake could not immediately say when Cosgrove's last day would be.

Cosgrove was hired in February 2014 at an annual salary of $81,600.

Angela Johnese, director of the criminal justice office, and Heather Brantner, the mayor's Sexual Assault Response Team coordinator, left their city posts Friday. Officials declined to say under what terms they departed.

LeVar Michael, who led the city's anti-violence program Operation Ceasefire, left his position voluntarily a few weeks ago.

The...

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Baltimore homicide victims identified

Tuesday afternoon, Baltimore police identified the victims in nine killings since May 17.

Charles Dobbins, 23, was killed at 1:45 a.m. Monday in the 5300 block of St. George's Ave. in Kenilworth Park, police said. Dobbins' last known address was in the 600 block of Radnor Ave. in Winston Govans.

Dobbins' cousin Gail Smoot remembered Dobbins as a "fun, loving, caring guy." Smoot said he was killed in a robbery. He worked at BWI transporting handicapped people to and from their terminals, she said. Dobbins loved children, and when he graduated from high school, he worked for Baltimore City Schools as a bus aid, assisting disabled children, she said.

"Another senseless death in our city," Smoot said.

Shaquil Hinton, 21, was killed at 12:29 a.m. Monday in the 800 block of W. Fayette St. in Poppleton, police said. He lived in the same block according to police.

Charles K. Jackson Jr., 32, was killed at 12:51 a.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Ducatel St. in Reservoir Hill, police said. Jackson...

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Deadly month sees 35 killings in Baltimore

Hours after Baltimore's mayor huddled with police officials to discuss the recent spike in violence, two more people were killed Monday — making May the city's deadliest month since 1999.

The two homicides increased this month's total to 35. There have been 108 homicides across the city this year.

"It's deplorable," said City Councilman William "Pete" Welch. "The shootings and killings are all over the city. I don't think any part of the city is immune to this. I've never seen anything like it."

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is "disheartened and frustrated by this continuing violence, particularly when you think about the progress that the city has made," said her spokesman, Howard Libit.

The mayor met for nearly two hours Sunday with Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts and members of his command staff about adjustments police are making. "She is confident that the steps being taken by the Police Department will quell this latest uptick in violence," Libit said.

Batts wrote a letter...

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Baltimore police contract hurts accountability, study says

The contract between Baltimore and the Fraternal Order of Police contains several impediments to accountability, according to a report from a criminologist who often examines policies for the U.S. Department of Justice.

In an 11-page report, Samuel Walker, a professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, said the role of police union contracts has been ignored amid the nationwide debate and protests that erupted last fall over police and community relations.

Walker said "offensive provisions" in the union contract, a three-year pact expiring next year, violate "best practices" across the country and should be revised to boost professionalism in the Baltimore Police Department.

"In Baltimore, and in other cities and counties across the country, police union contracts contain provisions that impede the effective investigation of reported misconduct and shield officers who are in fact guilty of misconduct from meaningful discipline," Walker wrote.

The report comes as tension swirls around...

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